The world's first short movie on fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has catapulted a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong into the international spotlight.
The five minute feature which was filmed over four days on a budget of $542 USD has attracted over 150,000 views on social media website YouTube, and has been featured on news outlets globally.
Named after Snowden's alias, 'Verax' focuses on the whirlwind of Snowden's secretive stay Hong Kong, after he fled there from the U.S. on May 20.
From the five star hotel Mira, Snowden leaked details of top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance program such as PRISM, to the press, primarily London's The Guardian.
Freelance film-maker, Edwin Lee, sprang into action two days after a video interview of Snowden was posted on The Guardian website, revealing he was in Hong Kong, sparking a media frenzy.
The former journalist said the group of four co-directors and co-producers debated creating a spoof or an action film, but instead opted for a more measured approach.
Source: CBS News